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Holiday (Rabbi with Lemon). Circa 1924

Chagall Marc,
Oil on canvas
104 х 84

Private collection, Europe


A similar composition Don de Sam et Ayala Zacks (70.3cm x 91.5cm), dated 1914, has been displayed at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, since 1970. The piece currently exhibited differs in the colour of the lemon (yellow in the other painting), the size (104cm x 84cm), and a number of minor details. In the opinion of Meret Meyer, this composition was created in a different colour palette characteristic of the 1920s. The painting has been exhibited in various exhibitions since 1958.
The first version was shown in Petrograd at the exhibition Contemporary Russian Painting in 1916 (No. 153, under the title Holiday).

Author's Biography

Chagall Marc

Chagall, Marc (Shagal, Mark Zakharovich)
1887, Vitebsk - 1985, St Paul de Vence (France)
Painter, graphic artist. Studied at the Yehuda Pen School in Vitebsk (1906), School of Drawing, Society for the Encouragement of the Arts (1907-08), Seidenberg''s studio, under Mstislav Dobuzhinsky and Leon Bakst at the Elizaveta Zvantseva School of Drawing and Painting (1908-09) and in private studios in Paris (1910-14). Contributed to the exhibitions of the World of Art (1912), Donkey''s Tail (1912), Salon des Independants (1912-14) and Jack of Diamonds (1916). Lived in Vitebsk and Petrograd (from 1915), director of the Vitebsk School of Art. Moved to Moscow (1920) and worked for the Jewish Chamber Theatre. Illustrated Nikolai Gogol''s Dead Souls and La Fontaine''s frobtes for Ambroise Vollard. Designed the sets and costumes for a production of Igor Stravinsky''s ballet The Firebird (1945). Retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern An in New York (1946). Lived in Paris (from 1923), USA (from 1941) and St Paul de Vence (from 1950).

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